Baton Rouge International School - Sea Force
Team Name: Sea Force
Organization: Baton Rouge International School
Competition Class: NAVIGATOR
Regional: Northern Gulf Coast
Alyssa Carson was one of our alumni in our MATE ROV team for two years, 2016 and 2017. She is now one of the world's youngest astronaut-in-training and could be one of the first people on Mars in the early 2030s.
What were the other options for your team’s name? If there was only ever the one option for your name, what is the origin of your team’s name?
Before the team name Sea Force, we used to carry the team name Space Force, for another robotics competition. And since we like to continue the name but with a twist to it.
What word/phrase is most often heard when your team is working on your ROV?
"Trial and Error."
Which job or thing your team has to do is the hardest? Why?
We are a team of a variety of grade levels, ranging from 5th to 8th grade. Communication, cooperation, and collaboration have many different levels too. We have different schedules, set of skills and abilities, etc.
What is your team's go-to snack food(s)?
What was the most celebrated/happiest/best/epic moment of success making your ROV?
Our happiest moment of success making our ROV was testing it in one of our member's pool. We had a great time learning for our ROV's trial and error, we had fun playing with the ROV, and most of all it was an awesome time to bond as a team.
What was your most memorable challenge/complete fail in building your ROV?
In the 7th annual Northern Gulf Coast Regional MATE ROV Competition in Alabama, our ROV was behaving differently on our first round, so we had to make some adjustments in the buoyancy and stability of the ROV underwater. Because of the adjustments, we were able to bring our score up. This was our greatest and most memorable challenge, which is working under pressure as a team. Our team won the Emerging Stars Award. The award recognizes the potential for a bright future.
What "theme" – the scientific or physical problem to be addressed with an ROV task – would you most like to see included in future competition missions?
We're not sure if this theme was in the past competitions, but aquaculture or aquafarming could be a very interesting theme for future competition missions.
What innovation do you think would completely change how ROVs solve problems in the future?
A gyro sensor or any similar device, that stabilizes the ROV when maneuvering, similar to what drones have, would be an awesome innovation.
If you could swap ROVs with any team – past or present – what team would it be?
The Navigator class of Tiger Shark Robotics of the STEM Academy from Clanton, Alabama. Their ROV has the ability to deploy multiple items at one time. Since the robot could hold six items at a time, the robot did not have to come to the surface as often. Their ROV was a compact, clean, and simple design.
If your team had/has one, what is your team’s “theme song”?
Major Tom was one of our previous robot names, it came from the song "Space Oddity" by David Bowie: